Aug. 2 Diamond Shavings: Your Friday Web Roundup

This week in Diamond Shavings: Online jeweler told not to use Navy insignia. A jeweler gets a silver prosthetic thumb. And Theresa May copes with defeat by buying jewelry. All below.


Camile Hannoush purchases 10-store chain Michaels Jewelers.


Circa merges with Blue Nile buyback service Mondiamo.


Jewelry to get its own “Got Milk” campaign.

– Highlights of the JA National Convention.


GIA to advertise its Country of Origin reports.


How an Oregon jeweler ended up testifying before the Senate.


U.S. to impose $300 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods.

– Diamonds are included.


Why the tariffs may kill off J.C. Penney.


Barneys New York employees on edge, vendors want merchandise back.

– Barneys New York readying bankruptcy filing, reports indicate.


Nordstrom family wants to increase ownership stake.


Retail flagships are losing their luster.


Has Amazon hit a wall?


Bloomberg: Sightholder club is “starting to crack.”

– De Beers clients allowed to defer purchases.

– Rio Tinto diamond division posts loss.

– Jobless Indian workers upset about association head’s comments.


Indian bank head thinks country’s diamond industry could gain from China tariffs.


India’s customs cracks down on rough diamond exports.


Business Insider visits Siberian mining town.


De Beers, Rolls Royce, and Xerox hit with climate penalties.


NGOs call for “gender safeguards” in Kimberley Process.


Bulgari takes on Kenneth Jay Lane over replica ring.


Man suspected in a string of sneak thefts.


Kansas City, Mo., warns of fake jewelry scam.


Indie fine jewelry retailer Esqueleto opens New York store.


Travel jewelry brand Jet Set Candy opens in Grand Central.


Pandora appoints new human resources officer.


Lark & Berry names Paul Ziff North American president.


J.C. Penney names new executive vice president of stores.


Two top execs leave Alrosa, including deputy CEO.


WJA, AGS honor visionaries, industry leaders.


GIA, AGS team up for Beatrice Shipley scholarship.


Alex and Ani name removed from Providence, R.I., skating rink.


Online jewelry store told to stop using Marine Corps, Navy logos.


Philadelphia jeweler has prosthetic thumb made out of silver.


Las Vegas “king of bling” puts house on market.


Teacher finds brandy-colored 2 carat gem at Arkansas park.


Alrosa finds fish-shape diamond.


Theresa May buys jewelry as “retail therapy.”


Swae Lee sleeps with his jewelry on.


Three jewelry-specific reasons to visit Baltimore this year.


Media Watch

Bloomberg on lab-grown diamonds (video). Note to the reporter: The Federal Trade Commission never said a “diamond is a diamond.”

Epoch Times profiles ALTR founder.

Seattle Times on diamond alternatives.

Singapore Tatler on Tiffany & Co.’s source initiative.


From the Blog

How an Oregon Jeweler Ended Up Testifying Before the Senate


JCK Podcasts

JCK Las Vegas 2019 Highlights


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